Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will kick start a major programme tomorrow to encourage people to take full advantage of localism opportunities being opened up by the current government.
Speaking at a conference tomorrow Nick Clegg will urge Lib Dems in particular to take advantage of a new Act of Parliament, The Police Act, and two Bills relating to localism and health, which together mark the biggest transfer of power from Central to local government in the past 50 years.
“Liberal Democrats in particular should be leading the activity within communities”, Nick Clegg will urge, “because we are instinctive community politicians. For four decades now we have committed ourselves to community politics not just as an election technique but as a way of government doing business. For too long, too many decisions have been taken by too many people in too many departments in central London. Now we are giving power back to councils and through them to communities.
Now the attention will shift from Parliamentary talking to community delivering. I hope that Lib Dems will not be waiting for the Bills to become Acts but will begin working with their communities now to implement these fundamental changes quickly”
The Conference will be held at Local Government House atSmith Square,LondonSW1. Nick Clegg will speak at 11.15. Other speakers include Lord Victor Adabowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, Andrew Stunell, Lib Dem Minister in DCLG and former Lib Dem Leader in Local Government, Cllr Richard Kemp.
Further details from Cllr Richard Kemp on 07885 626913